Hope everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving next week-it is one of my favorites because it is so much more low key than others.
The reason I am reflecting a little more this year is because of two events I attended this week.
Today, I went to Faye Jose's memorial service at the Plattsmouth Fire Station. Faye was a neighbor of ours growing up and his cheerful face was always a blessing. The service today was inspirational, comforting, and humorous all at the same time. Pretty much the way Faye was in life! I had never attended a service for a member of the squad before and it was so moving with the rituals, the presentation to the family, and the bagpiper who played magnificently. Not to mention the rows of uniforms standing in respect for this great man. A heart dedicated to service to his God, his family, and his community, what a testimony to his life.
Saturday night I was in Nebraska City at the spaghetti feed benefit for Jeremy Majors. Jeremy is the grandson of Billy and Myrna Hale. His aunt Vickee is also a friend of mine so it was really good to be able to be there and show support for this great family. Jeremy needs a heart transplant and has already capped out a $1,000,000 dollar insurance policy on previous surgeries starting at birth. The picture I have included is the best I could do, considering he never stood still once the band started playing! I was struck again by the support in small town communities-Jeremy's dad grew up in Nebraska City and his family was out in full force. I wish my words could express how awestruck I am by the kindnesses of people in our corner of the world.
It has also really hit close to home in the last month. My mom was sent to the hospital with a serious illness at the end of September and the amount of cards, phone calls, and prayers were just phenomenal and it made such a difference in her recovery. And these are just three of the examples we have all seen in the benefits of living in a small community so let us take a moment this season and be truly thankful for our neighbors here in Plattsmouth. I know I am.
Now onto a few news items, Saturday, is the Holiday Craft Bazaar at the VFW. So stop in, start (or finish) your Christmas shopping with a choice of handcrafted items!
The Plattsmouth VFW Club is hosting the Veteran's Dinner this Friday night, November 20th, starting at 6:30 p.m. Capt. Chuck McWilliams of the KETV Channel 7 Storm team will be guest speaker. Happy Hour is at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to 296-9905.
H1N1 Clinic Update for Plattsmouth:
WHAT: An additional supply of H1N1 vaccine has arrived and the Sarpy/Cass Department of Health and Wellness will be holding public vaccination clinics for those who are most at risk for complications from H1N1 and who are within the geographical area of the schools listed below.
WHO SHOULD GET VACCINATED? For this public clinic, five target groups have been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): pregnant women, persons who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months, health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact, children and young adults aged 6 months through 24 years, and persons aged 25 through 64 years who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications. We ask people who are not in one of these groups to be patient and allow people most at risk for complications from H1N1 influenza to get vaccinated first. After the CDC ships enough vaccine to states to serve the at-risk individuals in our counties, the vaccine will be made available to those in Sarpy and Cass counties who want it. The Health Department advises those attending the clinics to wear short sleeves under sweatshirts and jackets.
Saturday, November 21 at
St. John's School
500 South 18th St.
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Open to Cass and Sarpy residents who are in priority groups
COST: There will be no charge
As more doses become available, more public clinics will be provided, most likely in local school facilities.
EIGHTH ANNUAL ALDRICH FOUNDATION SHORT STORY CONTEST ANNOUNCED
Original short stories by Nebraska authors are currently being accepted for the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation's 2010 short story contest.
A new division for Intermediate School Students, Grades 3-5, is being added this year.
Story length should be 1,000-2,000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate category) and submissions should be written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works. No essays, please. Books by the author that writers can read to get ideas about content and style are:
Short Works 1907-1919 Mother Mason
Short Works 1920-1954 The Rim of the Prairie
The Cutters A Lantern in her Hand
Spring Came on Forever A White Bird Flying
Miss Bishop Song of Years
The Lieutenant's Lady Journey into Christmas
The Drum Goes Dead The Man who Caught the Weather
Prizes will be awarded at the annual Spring Banquet of the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation. Cash prize amounts are: Adult: 1st Prize $100.00, 2nd Prize $50.00, 3rd Prize $25.00. High School (grades 9-12) and Middle School (grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50.00, 2nd Prize $25.00, 3rd Prize $15.00.
Intermediate School: 1st Prize $25.00, 2nd Prize $15.00, 3rd Prize $10.00.
Writers, please send a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, title of story, and two copies of your story, one with your name and one without. Include a line telling how you learned about the contest. For students, add age, grade, school, and teacher's name to the cover sheet. Please enclose a SASE for return of contest results. Stories will not be returned. Families of Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation Board Members are not eligible.
The due date for submissions is the author's birthday, February 17, 2010 (postmark date). Send submissions to: Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation, P.O. Box 167, Elmwood, NE 68349. A complete list of rules can be found at http://www.bessstreeteraldrich.org/.
That's all for this week-see you next week for Turkey Week. Stay warm, safe, and healthy!